The 65 Roses Story

65 Roses

"65 Roses" is what some children with cystic fibrosis (CF) call their disease because the words are much easier for them to pronounce.

Mary G. Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1965 after learning that her three little boys had CF. Her duty was to call every civic club, social and service organization seeking financial support for CF research. Mary's 4-year-old son, Richard, listened closely to his mother as she made each call.
After several calls, Richard came into the room and told his Mom, "I know what you are working for." Mary was dumbstruck because Richard did not know what she was doing, nor did he know that he had cystic fibrosis. With some trepidation, Mary asked, "What am I working for, Richard?" He answered, "You are working for 65 Roses." Mary was speechless.

He could not see the tears running down Mary's cheeks as she stammered, "Yes Richard, I'm working for 65 Roses."

Since 1965, the term "65 Roses" has been used by children of all ages to describe their disease. But, making it easier to say does not make CF any easier to live with. The "65 Roses" story has captured the hearts and emotions of all who have heard it. The rose, appropriately the ancient symbol of love, has become a symbol of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The Song

There is a song called 65 Roses. Performed by The Wolverines.
It is a very emotional song.
Here is the link to the song with lyrics:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAFdF_apz6E

There are several songs about Cystic Fibrosis. Another moving one is "Breathe". It is written and performed by a young man called Matt Scales. Sadly he lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 27 years. The song is partly sung by him and the rest by 3 other Cystic Fibrosis sufferers.
Here is the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bXNc0FkqZw&feature=related
Becky on iv's with her 65 Roses tattoo

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22.05 | 19:36

absolutely awesome! Thanks you for making and sharing this!

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22.05 | 10:31

Wow! What a beautiful tribute! I was very moved by this wonderful collection of images and music...So sorry once more for your great loss.

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21.05 | 21:42

Absolutely beautiful this bought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful lady beaky was your must be so proud of her such a brave girl. My love goes to you Sarah and

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15.04 | 13:48

Following; learning. Chris x

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